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Introduction to Rock Climbing at the Dacks

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from $160

Skill level


Group size

1 - 4 people

Welcome to the Dacks! Situated in the largest state park in the lower 48, the Adirondacks boast unique climbing experiences for all skill levels. On your big day of rock climbing, you'll receive expert climbing instructions and learn how to use harnesses, tie knots, belay and rappel. Most importantly, you can and will climb up a rock!

Climb outside! There's nothing like it!

This class is a great fit for beginners with no experience or people who have climbed a few times in the gym. Looking for something more specialized? Check out Custom Climbing in the Dacks.


None whatsoever. No climbing experience necessary.

What you'll learn

Your day will start with detailed instruction about rock climbing gear and safety. After that, you'll work on body positioning and climbing techniques. Next we'll go over the fundamentals of rock climbing. There'll be plenty of time to practice everything on the crags. Here's what we'll cover:

  • The basics of safety in climbing
  • How to use ropes, knots and harnesses
  • Development of efficient climbing techniques and body positions
  • The fundamentals of anchors, belaying and rappelling
After this class you'll
  • Be confident when you tackle your next climb
  • Understand all the challenges any climber can face after a day spent on the rocks
  • Love the view on your way to the top!
Here's a typical schedule
  • 9:00am: Meet your guide at The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, check gear
  • 9:30am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 10:00am: Spend the day learning and rock climbing
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Continue to learn and climb!
  • 5:00pm: Return to Keene Valley

Need to know

What's included?

  • All permits and climbing related fees in the Adirondacks
  • All technical climbing gear like ropes, harnesses...you name it.

What to bring?

  • 2 liters of water, snacks and lunch
  • Hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Daypack large enough to carry water, food and extra layers

What to wear?

  • Sunscreen
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your usual athletic clothes

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